You’ve most likely heard by now of the leap in the UKIP (UK Independence Party) vote in the Eastleigh by election held on Thursday. If not, here are the full results, from the BBC:
Mike Thornton (Liberal Democrat) 13,342 (32.06%, -14.48%)
Diane James (UKIP) 11,571 (27.80%, +24.20%)
Maria Hutchings (Conservative) 10,559 (25.37%, -13.96%)
John O’Farrell (Labour) 4,088 (9.82%, +0.22%)
Danny Stupple (Independent) 768 (1.85%, +1.56%)
Dr Iain Maclennan (National Health Action Party) 392 (0.94%)
Ray Hall (Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party) 235 (0.56%)
Kevin Milburn (Christian Party) 163 (0.39%)
Howling Laud Hope (Monster Raving Loony Party) 136 (0.33%)
Jim Duggan (Peace Party) 128 (0.31%)
David Bishop (Elvis Loves Pets) 72 (0.17%)
Michael Walters (English Democrats) 70 (0.17%, -0.30%)
Daz Procter (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) 62 (0.15%)
Colin Bex (Wessex Regionalist) 30 (0.07%)
Slightly less than 2,000 votes from getting their first MP in parliament, who worries a lot about Romanian criminals so much she thinks all immigration should be halted! How far they’ve advanced since the 1990s when they were founded by Alan Sked, who now believes the party is “morally dodgy” and “extraordinarily right wing”.
Of course, he’s right, when you take a look at UKIP, and some of their candidates, the party does seem to attract some loathsome characters. It’s also allied to some rather dodgy characters through the European Parliament.
Farage himself has been linked to a campaign in Poland supportive of hardline Catholic media outlets that are strongly critical of homosexuality.
In September, Polish free press campaigners produced a statement that they said was from Farage in support of Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, a Polish priest and founder of Radio Maryja and its associated outlets, whose stations stand accused of pumping out strongly antisemitic and homophobic material. Last year Rydzyk greeted the arrival of the first gay Polish MP with the words, “the sodomites are coming; it is a really grave matter”. The statement reported as having been from Farage expressed the Ukip leader’s “wholehearted support” and “encouragement” for the priest’s media outlets, which it said were involved in “a battle to preserve freedom and democracy in Poland”.
In July 2009, a video was published of a member of the UKIP allied Italian Northern League party:
An Italian lawmaker in Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition has resigned after being filmed singing a racist chant about Naples and its residents.
Matteo Salvini, a member of the often xenophobic, anti-immigrant Northern League party, resigned his seat in the lower chamber of Parliament on Tuesday. He denied the decision was connected to the scandal.
The MEP was recorded as saying: “I’ve spoken to Nigel Farage [Ukip MEP and former party leader] and he says at the moment you can put £25,000 into Global Britain and you will remain anonymous.” Agnew suggested that by channelling funds through Global Britain, an unincorporated association set up by Lord Pearson in 1997, the donor could remain incognito but Electoral Commission rules state unincorporated associations, which do not have to file accounts, can make donations to political parties but the money must not be channelled from an individual who is seeking to remain anonymous.
Another undercover reporter spoke to Pearson who said the money given to Global Britain would be passed “straight on” to Ukip.
When confronted with his comments Pearson told the paper he would have given the donor’s name to the Electoral Commission.
Yes, seems dodgy to me!
It’s always seemed dodgy to me that UKIP stand at all in the European Parliament elections, when they claim they want nothing to do with the EU. They certainly are fine about claiming all available expenses. Farage himself boasted in 2009 of claiming £2 million in expenses, on top of his £64,000 a year tax payer funded salary. Another dodgy UKIPer, Tom Wise, was jailed for 2 years, for fraudulently claiming £39,000 in 2009.
Earlier this year it was revealed that UKIP, unsurprisingly, doesn’t believe in the values of “respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy and equality”, and they will certainly not be blocking funding for fellow right wing extremists in the European Parliament, based on those principles, such as the BNP and their chums from Bulgaria, Hungary, and France.
Back to the Italian Northern League Party, an ally of UKIP in the European Parliament. Mario Borghezio described some of Norwegian Christian extremist terrorist, Anders Breivik’s ideas as “good”, and in some cases “excellent”.
But Mr Borghezio is not the only right-wing politician to express sympathy with the ideas of Anders Behring Breivik.
A member of France’s far-right National Front party [allied with the BNP] has been suspended after writing a defence of the Norwegian attacker on his blog.
Jacques Coutela described Mr Breivik as “the main defender of the West”, comparing him to Charles Martel, a seventh century leader who halted Islamic expansion in western Europe.
And they weren’t the only ones. A Sheffield UKIP candidate also praised that conservative christian logic:
The party has dropped him after attention was drawn to a post he wrote on his blog last August which endorsed the reasoning in the testament of the Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik.
He wrote, inter alia:
That pretty well everyone – myself not excluded – recoiled at his actions, does not belie the accuracy of Breivik’s research and analysis in his ‘manifesto’, which is in line with most scholarship in respect of both Political Correctness and Islam.
It is clear that the mass of ordinary people are considered with utter contempt by the government-media-education uber-class across the Western world; this as the result of ‘cultural Marxism’. So we are, in effect, ‘at war’ within our societies over PC, as Breivik claims.
These 3 sorts of justifications reminded me of the words of the leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin, following the terrorist attack by a BNP member on a gay bar in London, the Admiral Duncan, those drawn to UKIP and the BNP appear to be very similar types of individuals:
“The TV footage of dozens of gay demonstrators flaunting their perversions in front of the world’s journalists showed just why so many ordinary people find these creatures so repulsive.”
You see, they will always find justification for acts of terrorism by their own. I guess that’s the case with terrorist supporters everywhere really.
In January this year, it was reported that a UKIP candidate was forced to quit over his support for same sex marriage. Then there was Winston McKenzie, a religious sort, who believes that gay people adopting children will turn the children gay, and it’s “unhealthy”, according to that religionist.
In December 2010, a former UKIP MEP won her discrimination case against the party, as reported by Pink News:
She was elected as a UKIP MEP last year but fell out with the party in January when she refused to sit with its EFD allies in the European Parliament.
She said that some EFD members, such as the Italian Lega Nord party, had “extremist views” and that her relationship with the then party leader, Nigel Farage, had broken down.
There’s something sinister about UKIPs plans for people with learning disabilities:
There is little mention of social care except something I did find a tad sinister.
To quote under section six Healthcare and the NHS: “Re-examine community care and support congregate communities for people with learning disabilities.”
Congregate communities? Is Ukip suggesting herding learning disabled people together behind some gate?
Last December, UKIP suspended a candidate for saying what, most likely lots of them think about potentially compulsory abortions of foetuses with Down’s Syndrome or Spina Bifida:
He calls for a national debate and an urgent government review of the NHS, which he says “risks becoming unaffordable in the future”.
The review should look at “compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Down’s, spina bifida or similar syndrome which, if it is born, could render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family”.
He says the review should also look at medical treatment for those aged over 80, “which is disproportionately costly to the NHS” and might also include “legalising euthanasia and giving free euthanasia advice to all folk over 80″.
Given all the other information we have learned of UKIP in this post, I think it would be highly unwise to think that person’s opinion is some “bad apple”. UKIP seem to have lots of “bad apples”, a whole orchard filled with them!
Oh and finally, if you’re working class considering voting UKIP, and one day have to rely on social security to survive, due to unemployment, illness, or disability, then take a look at UKIPs forced labour policy!